Düsseldorf-based contemporary artist Katharina Fritsch (born 1956 in Essen, DE) is known for her iconic sculptures and installations. Characterized by their simple outlines and brazen use of color, her works boast the clarity of religious icons or pictographs that reference anything from art history to folklore. The attention she pays to the color, scale and surfaces of the sculptures, and to their color, scale, and the space in which… Read more
About the artwork
Lexikonzeichnung was originally created as part of a commissioned group show inspired by Willem de Kooning's Door Cycle paintings of the 60s. For Door Cycle, 2007, 19 celebrated artists were invited to create a work using prefabricated doors. Fritsch's work is based on a 1936 edition of the Duden pictorial lexicon. Borrowed from 19th century Romanic Germany, the lexicon illustrates every aspect of life from birth to death in a standardized form, a style that, for Fritsch, symbolizes returning to the fundamentals: a white background with black marks in the language of representation.